Twyford Farm

220 acres
Mixed pasture farm and woodland

Twyford Farm is a magical property. It is a 220-acre mix of wonderful woodland, peaceful pasture and an exquisite lake located in Ashdown Forest, in the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty.

The farm was donated to the CRT in 2013 by the late Alison Mountain. Current tenants, Bob Felton and Liz Wallis use the farm for grazing sheep and cattle as well as running a very popular B&B. With the outstanding surroundings the guest accommodation is incredibly popular with wildlife lovers and people just wanting a rest and retreat from busy urban life.

The farm has a number of small grass meadows, all of which have grass verges and hedges to create attractive corridors for wildlife. We keep the area as quiet and undisturbed as possible. Our volunteers on site carry out conservation activities to make the meadows a home to wildlife as well as livestock.

The highlight of the farm is the ancient woodland, which is rich in wildlife such as roe and fallow deer, rare birds such as the lesser spotted woodpecker and marsh tit and rare flora such as the ivy-leaved bellflower. During the first fortnight of May, there is an eruption of bluebells which is breathtaking.

Tim Ford established his business just over 10 years ago at Twyford Farm. Initially just a hobby, but now his livelihood, Tim has a passion to keep a traditional rural craft alive has created a niche business creating items from wood felled at Twyford.

As his experienced and knowledge expanded, so did Tim’s business. Not only does he produce hurdles, fencing and other items needed for farming – both environmentally and financially beneficial to Twyford as they do not have to buy in the wood – he also provides bespoke items for events, shows and weddings. He was recently commissioned to produce items for the Forest School National Conference. Now Tim also shares his knowledge teaching at local colleges and hosting forestry schools in the woods at Twyford.

Tim Ford has also shared his knowledge with his two sons. However, it is his 11 year old son Michael who has now become competition for Tim. Since showing him the ropes at just four years old, Michael has become very talented at producing the hand crafted flowers. Michael also often helps his dad lead the Forestry schools by showing the adults how to work with wood!

This rural tradition is not only for the benefit of Tim’s business but also contributes to the local wildlife. Tim has actively assisted in the woodland management at Twyford farm by introducing hazel and coppicing hazel wood – great for hazel mice and woodwork. He also helps maintain the hedgerows and other features which make a great natural home for wildlife at Twyford. From the wood he fells, Tim will make and erect many man-made homes for barn owls and tits. For further information visit Rustic Tim and Sons Facebook page